It takes a village, and teamwork skills, to create effective and sustainable treatment services for and with people who have substance use disorders (SUD) and co-occurring mental illness. And to keep the doors open, agencies have to excel at not only providing needed services, but also diversifying funding streams and maintaining vigilance in changing state, federal, and private insurance and coverage programs. What worked 40 years ago in practice management doesn’t work in 2021. Effective teamwork in the delivery of these services includes treatment teams, leadership teams, and inter-agency administrative teams. In this seminar, local, regional, state, and national leaders will share their approaches to collaboration and teamwork in the delivery of and planning for treatment and agency sustainability. As a result of this presentation, participants will be able to recall professional roles and responsibilities in team-based care with a person with SUD, identify tools that facilitate communication within agencies and with partnering agencies, and create new relationships to enhance delivery and sustainability of SUD services in Missouri.
After completing this program, social workers, program administrators, and other participants will be able to:
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Fred Rottnek, MD
Fred Rottnek, MD, MAHCM is a Professor and the Director of Community Medicine and the program director of the Addiction Medicine Fellowship at the Saint Louis University (SLU) School of Medicine. His clinical practices currently include addiction medicine and correctional healthcare. He teaches in the School of Medicine, the Physician Assistant Program, the Center for Inter-professional Education and Research, and the School of Law. He serves on the boards of the Saint Louis Regional Health Commission, the ARCHway Institute, and Alive and Well Communities.
Kim Nelson, MS, LPC is the Regional Administrator serving Region 7: Kansas, Iowa, Missouri, and Nebraska. Ms. Nelson is a licensed addictions counselor and earned her bachelor’s degree in Sociology and her master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Kansas. She has been in the behavioral health care field since 1992. Ms. Nelson has worked in health care for all her professional career, primarily in behavioral health as an addictions and managed care contract professional. Ms. Nelson’s clinical work was early in her career and mainly focused on addiction services, initially in community-based settings in women’s and children’s residential programs in Kansas. During her tenure with the state of Kansas, Ms. Nelson was part of the team that got the state plan amendment approved by CMS for implementation of Health Homes for those with severe mental illness.
Percy Menzies is the president of Assisted Recovery Centers of America, LLC, a center for the treatment of alcoholism and drug addiction based in St. Louis, Missouri which was established in 2001. He worked for over 18years for DuPont Pharmaceuticals; one of his roles was associate product director for naltrexone. He has worked closely with drug courts and provided training on the use of anti-craving medications for addiction to reduce recidivism within the criminal justice system. Mr. Menzies is a member of the Missouri Opioid State Targeted Response Team. Mr. Menzies serves on the Missouri State Advisory Council for the Division of Behavioral Health. Mr. Menzies holds a master’s degree in pharmacy.
Nora Bock, MS, LPC Director, Division of Behavioral Health at The Missouri Department of Mental Health. She is a graduate of Missouri State University with a BS and an MS in Psychology, and she is a licensed professional counselor (LPC) in Missouri. Since January 2021, Ms. Bock has served the citizens of Missouri as the Director of the Division of Behavioral Health at The Missouri Department of Mental Health; however, her dedication to this work extends to almost 15 years of service with the Missouri Department of Mental Health. She champions both innovation and best practices in the delivery of behavioral health services
Aaron Laxton, MSW, LMSW is currently a Director of Behavioral Health and Therapist with Assisted Recovery Center of America. He is a graduate of the Saint Louis University, School of Social Work, where he received his Master of Social Work with an emphasis on Community and Organizations. He is a licensed Master of Social Work in the State of Missouri. Mr. Laxton has worked in the social services for more than a decade in the St. Louis Metropolitan Area including projects ranging from homeless services, harm reduction, transitional living, and VA specific programs. Prior to his current role, Mr. Laxton was the Director of Street Outreach on the Statewide Opioid Response grant in the St. Louis region.
Dr. Philip Wenger, PharmD, MSCI, VCPS is the Director of Research and Compliance at ARCA. His work includes developing data entry and reporting tools for the electronic health record, working towards and maintaining accreditation for ARCA programs, and advancing research and grant efforts. He also holds an adjunct faculty appointment at SLU School of Nursing and serves as core faculty in the SLU Addiction Medicine Fellowship. He is a graduate of the University of Illinois College
of Pharmacy and received a Master of Science in Clinical Investigation from Washington University School of Medicine upon completion of the NIH-sponsored Mentored Training Program in Clinical Investigation. He is a Board-Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist and has served as an ambulatory care clinical pharmacist in the VA system, correctional healthcare and a family medicine clinic focused on geriatric patients
Jesse Williams is a Certified Peer Specialist (CPS) at Assisted Recovery Centers of America. Mr. Williams has been in recovery from opioid and meth addiction since January 21, 2016 and has been working in the field since 2017. He is a former client of ARCA, and a former house manager of The Recovery House. Mr. Williams believes that everyone struggling from addiction deserves a chance at recovery–with ARCA he felt he was given that chance and he’s never looked back. He feels the keys to his success in my sobriety was sober living, building a healthy support network, and always doing the right thing for the right reason. Mr. Williams believes there is all kinds of ways to find recovery; he just wants his clients to trust him to help them find their way.
Suneal Menzies has been a key player in the development, implementation, and management of ARCA’s telehealth program, which is one of the first telehealth platforms specifically focusing on substance use disorders and related behavioral health and primary care conditions. He is the founder and managing partner of Recovery House, a transitional living program within ARCA Holdings. Mr. Menzies is a member of the Missouri Opioid State Targeted Response Team. Mr. Menzies currently serves on the board of Archway Institute for Mental Health and Addictive Disorders, as well as the board of the Muscular Dystrophy Association of St. Louis.
Briana Gibb, BSN, RN is the nursing and clinical supervisor for ARCA. Ms. Gibb earned her nursing degree from Breckinridge School of Nursing and her Bachelor of Nursing from Chamberlain University. She is also currently pursuing her master’s in Family Nurse Practitioner to broaden her abilities to help those struggling with addiction. Ms. Gibb started working in the field of addiction and mental health in 2013. Her day-to-day tasks include the coordination of care for patients between ARCA and the partnering agencies, ensuring patients receive the highest standards of care.
Jordan Hampton is a person is long-term recovery. Mr. Hampton has a background of lived experience through substance misuse and ARCA’s recovery housing program. Mr. Hampton currently is credentialed with CPS, MARS, and multiple specialty trainings. Mr. Hampton began his work with The Gateway Foundation as an EPICC recovery coach. Mr. Hampton worked with ARCA and the recovery housing program in many different roles, when stepping into the Director of housing position in 2019. Mr. Hampton currently serves as a consultant for peer support specialists across the state on the MIMH/SOR consultant team. Mr. Hampton serves on the MCRSP (Missouri Coalition of Recovery Support Providers) executive board, including being a peer–reviewer for recovery housing organizations across the state that wish to obtain their NARR certification.
Alecia Brewer, Family Nurse Practitioner at Assisted Recovery Centers of America, attended Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville for her master’s degree. Prior to that, Ms. Brewer was a nurse for 6 years with Barnes Jewish Hospital system. She obtained her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Barnes Jewish College – Goldfarb School of Nursing. She started her career with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, with a focus in International Business and a minor in Marketing from St. Louis University. However, after a few years of working in the business world in St. Louis and overseas, Ms. Brewer made the change to nursing when she realized it was what she really wanted to do. At ARCA, she really tries to focus on getting to know the client and what motivates them. She works with them on identifying the right treatment plan for them so that they can find success in recovery.